One of the most memorable moments in the 2012 BSB support classes occurred at Cadwell Park, when Catherine Green became the first female rider to win a British Championship race with victory in the Motostar event.
After making changes to her team and bike she had quietly become one of the Motostar frontrunners, but truly came of age by dominating the drying Cadwell race. Green went on to finish third in the championship…
After a season in which you made team changes, had your first win and become a frontrunner dicing with hotly-tipped riders such as Bradley Ray and Kyle Ryde, looking back on it, how do you feel about the year?
I couldn't have imagined it going any better. Brad was in a class of his own this year and Kyle put in some great performances on a new Moto3 bike which was in a constant phase of adjustment.
Having one of the first 250 four strokes in the country Kyle ended up being a guinea pig in seeing how well it would fare against the tried and tested two strokes and I think the trial and error approach they had to adopt robbed him of a competitive ride at some of the rounds.
I think both that and the Cadwell round which was the one event I managed to finish where the Red Bull Rookies were absent at MotoGP meant that I could claw back some precious points but I never expected to find myself in the running for the championship podium.
Did you have a target at the start of the season, if so what was it?
To finish a race on the rostrum - at the start of the year any step would've done!
As well as Cadwell, what were the high points - and the lows?
The lowest point for me was Thruxton. I had to miss it in 2011 due to injury from a practice session, but in previous years I've always gone well there. In 2010 I was fighting for a podium position until the bike lost power and eventually seized so I really thought Thruxton was my best chance of realising my goal this year.
I was so excited at the start of the weekend but from the very first session the bike was losing revs. Ryan [Saxelby] later found out the stator had packed up but when I had to retire during second qualifying I could almost feel the tears welling up after such high hopes. Fortunately though that pales into insignificance when I think about the high points which started at the next round where we were equipped with a shiny new stator!
Running in second for most of the first Oulton Park race was great and although it was cut short by a technical hitch it was the first time I was able to run at the sharp end so I felt really buoyed up after that. Setting the race lap record at Donington and finishing on the championship rostrum at the end of the year were both up there too but (unsurprisingly!) standing on the top step at Cadwell was the best feeling!